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Christmas tree cutting season begins

NEILLSVILLE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  If the governor didn't convince you to start thinking about getting that Christmas tree, perhaps Alice-in-Dairyland will. Kristin Olson will join fourth-graders tomorrow at the annual first-cutting ceremony held by the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Growers Association. The event will be held at the R-and-S Tree Farms near Neillsville in Clark County. It's designed to call attention to Wisconsin's large Christmas tree industry, which harvests `.8-million trees a year.

The event will also promote next year's Alice-in-Dairyland finals, to be held in Clark County in May.

Yesterday Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker chopped down the Christmas tree for the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol. That happened at Dave and Mary Vander Velden's tree farm near Oconto.